Friday, July 24, 2015

What current model compares the the discontinued Vortex Fury?

Question: My wife has a pair of Vortex Fury 8X42. I really like them and was going to buy the same but note that they are discontinued. What is the equivalent? I like the 5 foot close focus possibility.Also, I prefer eyecups that twist up and down like the Fury's did.




Dear Gary,
Thanks so much for your inquiry. It’s true that the Fury is discontinued, and has been for a few years. I’d say the current equivalent would be between these two models:

Vortex Diamondback 8x42 Binocular ($219.99) Close focus 4.5’

Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular ($329.99) close focus 5.2’

The image through the Ranger will be noticeably brighter and sharper than the Diamondback, but physically, the Diamondback looks more like the Fury did, and is a couple ounces heavier than the Ranger.  I suppose the decision will rest with your budget, though. Both have no-fault warranties, and both have twist-up eyecups.

If you click on the “media” tab on the product page, we have a 1-minute video showing the features of each of the binoculars, including the eyecup mechanism. Click on the above links to view each of the binoculars and their videos.

If I may be of further assistance, please let me know.

Yours truly,

Eagle Optics

Monday, July 20, 2015

Want to use the Sony Alpha 6000 for digiscoping


I have a Swarovski 65mm ATS spotting scope. I am wanting to use the Swarovski TLS - APO Digital Camera Adapter for ATM/ATS/STM/STS for pictures. Do you know if it is compatible with a Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera?

Jeff M.


Hi Jeff,
Thanks for your inquiry. Swarovski TLS - APO Digital Camera Adapter for ATM/ATS/STM/STS works well with most small-bodied point-and-shoot cameras with a low optical zoom (4x or less). So I would think it’d work with the Sony Alpha 6000. Mirrorless cameras often work with either of the two Swarovski adapters.  With the Swarovski TLS - APO Digital Camera Adapter for ATM/ATS/STM/STS , you would also need the Swarovski T2 Adapter Ring (Sony) plus an E mount T ring which we don’t carry, but you could find online or at a camera store.

Our 30-day return policy enables you a generous amount of time to try either of the adapters.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Can the Vanguard Endeavor binocular be mounted to a tripod?

Does the  have a tripod mount?

Thank you,


Dear George,
Yes, the Endeavor has a 1/4"x 20 threaded hole in the front of the hinge.  To mount the binocular to a tripod, you would need the Vortex Binocular Tripod Adapter or similar adapter.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, July 10, 2015

Needing upgrade advice

I am looking for a good piece of glass  for birding, preferably 10x42.  I have been in the field as an observer for ten years and have used both Nikon and Vortex.  

I think keeping it under $500 is a good idea, as we don’t tend to make too much money in the environmental education field, but I would be willing to spend more if it’s a deal I just can’t say no to.
I would be very happy with the EO Ranger ED, but I have been in the game so long that I would appreciate a significant upgrade from my Monarchs.  So, I am willing to spend money on a solid piece of glass, but I don’t have much.

Anything EO is willing to do is very appreciated.

Enjoy the long summer days,

Joshua T.


Hi Joshua,

The challenge is finding a binocular that represents a “significant upgrade” from the Nikon Monarch around $500.00. Do you know which generation of Nikon Monarch? Which Vortex binocular have you used? 

Truth be told, some of our staff see little difference between the New Ranger ED 10x42 ($339.99) compared with the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 ($599.99). Depending on the Nikon Monarch model you have, I’m not sure either of these binoculars would represent a “significant upgrade.” 

On the other hand, something like the MeoptaMeoPro HD 10x42 ($899.99) would, in my mind, represent such an upgrade. But then the question becomes are you willing to pay that much for what I define as the upgrade I think you’re looking for? Another $200 or $300 doesn’t really buy the end-user much in terms of optical performance, but this is a somewhat subjective position based on my experience in looking at optics every day. 

I might ask how much of a “wow” factor are you looking for, but that’s also difficult to ascertain via words. Having said all of that, the New Ranger ED is an excellent choice.


Eagle Optics